Model Lipid Membrane
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2022) | Viewed by 20784
Interests: antimicrobials; molecular modelling; membranes; biomaterials
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The roles of the plasma membrane in cellular protection and the control and transport of ions, nutrients, and a variety of small molecules through protein channels or processes such as diffusion and endocytosis are well known. Biological membranes have complex and varied compositions of lipids, carbohydrates, and proteins. All biological membranes contain lipid bilayers as their basic structural units in which lipids form the major component. Membrane proteins, the second major component of cell membranes, perform several functions and interact with a membrane in several ways. For example, proteins could be embedded in membranes, interact with only one membrane face, attach to the membrane through chemical groups, or associate with other membrane-bound proteins. However, the complexity of cell membranes in terms of lipid and protein composition and the difficulty of isolating them and maintaining their native physiological conditions makes it difficult to extract meaningful data to understand some membrane functions accurately.
For this reason, scientists often use model membranes that have very simplified structures and compositions. Model membranes can be used to understand the properties and functions of different components of biological membranes and how these components affect the properties of the membrane itself. Research on model lipid membranes is multidisciplinary and closely related to fields in cell biology, biophysics, and molecular and computational biology, which will contribute to our understanding of the properties and functions of different components of biological membranes.
For this Special Issue of Membranes, authors are invited to present their newest results, and both original papers and reviews related to the study of the behavior of proteins and lipids in a membrane, the structure and functions of different lipids, and the interactions of lipids with membrane proteins, drugs or other nanoparticles are welcome.
Dr. Lucia Sessa
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Membranes is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2700 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- protein—membrane interactions
- molecular modeling
- molecular dynamics (MD) simulation
- membrane proteins
- membrane peptides
- membrane dynamics
- membrane modeling and composition
- membrane–drug interactions
- probe membrane
- LUV, GUV